Depression in Men

Types of Depression in Men

The types of depression seen in men are similar to those seen in women. They can include:
 
  • Major depression (also known as clinical depression, unipolar depression, or major depressive disorder)
  • Bipolar depression (also known as manic depression)
  • Dysthymia.
     
These types differ from one another in their severity, the number of symptoms present, and how long the depression lasts.
 
(Click Types of Depression for more information.)
 

What Are the Treatment Options?

Depression treatment options are similar between men and women, but do vary based on the type of depression a person has. The most common treatment options for major depression include:
 
  • Depression medications (antidepressants)
  • Psychotherapy
  • A combination of both.
     
Although depression in men is treatable, a lot of men who are depressed do not seek treatment. Men are often concerned that seeing a mental health professional or going to a mental health clinic would have a negative impact at work if their employer or colleagues found out. They fear that being labeled with a diagnosis of mental illness would cost them the respect of their family and friends or their standing in the community.
 
Instead of acknowledging their feelings, asking for help, or seeking appropriate treatment for depression, men may turn to alcohol or drugs when they are depressed -- or become frustrated, discouraged, angry, irritable, and sometimes, violently abusive. Some men deal with depression by throwing themselves compulsively into their work, attempting to hide their depression from themselves, family, and friends. Other men may respond by engaging in reckless behavior, taking risks, and putting themselves in harm's way.
 
(Click Depression Treatment to learn more. Click Dealing With Depression for self-help ideas for coping with depression.)
 
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